☷Felon Indicted for Washateria Carjacking and Related Charges
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( By Press Release office)
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Felon indicted for washateria carjacking and related charges HOUSTON – A 31 - year - old local man has been indicted for carjacking and illegally possessing and discharging a firearm , announced U . S . Attorney Jennifer B . Lowery . Today , a federal grand jury returned the three - count indictment against Zachary Smith , Houston . Previously in state custody on related charges , he is expected to make his initial appearance before a U . S . magistrate judge on the federal indictment in the near future . The charges allege that on Feb . 6 , Smith discharged a firearm while stealing a vehicle from the parking lot of a washateria on Melbourne Drive . He was also allegedly involved in a shooting Feb . 7 on the 2000 block of Broadway Street . On that day , Smith led law enforcement in a pursuit that came to an end when he crashed into a patrol unit , according to the charges . The indictment alleges his is a previous felon and is prohibited from possessing firearms per federal law . If convicted , Smith faces up to life for discharging the firearm during a crime of violence , 15 years for the carjacking and a maximum of 10 years for being a felon in possession of a firearm . The FBI conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Texas Department of Public Safety , Houston Police Department and Harris County Sherriff’s Office . Assistant U . S . Attorney Britni Cooper is prosecuting the case . An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct , not evidence . A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law .
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